Sharon McNary

Infrastructure Correspondent

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Infrastructure is what we build together to make life better (and the things that break). My role is to reveal the often-surprising and important systems that make life possible in and around L.A.

Stories by Sharon McNary

SoCal Edison is pushing to cut the fire risk from its power lines

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the Woolsey fire, but one of the things they're looking at is a brief outage Nov. 8 at a Southern California Edison substation in Ventura County that occurred two minutes before the fire was reported nearby.

Studio City residents object to new aircraft noise from Burbank Airport

Some valley residents are noticing more noise from airplanes leaving Burbank Airport. The historic flight paths changed recently and more changes are in store. And that is ramping up community concerns that will be heard by airport officials Thursday night.

Cheaper Gas Or Better Roads? This Is The Prop 6 Question

Proposition 6 on the November ballot would roll back California’s year-old gas tax and new vehicle fees. They are on track to add more than $5 billion a year to state and local budgets for road construction and transportation projects.

Wireless emergency alert will buzz your phone, no opting out

You can ignore President Donald Trump's frequent tweets as much as you'd like, but at 11:18 a.m. Pacific time Wednesday October 3rd, your cell phone will pulse and buzz with a Presidential Alert.

Year of squatter complaints led to raid on Hollywood Blvd. building

High rents in Los Angeles force some to seek out unconventional living arrangements, but dozens of people who found inexpensive space in a Hollywood office building are on the streets following a raid by city officials.

LAX simulates power outage to test backup power systems

If a regional blackout hit LAX, only two of the airport’s terminals have the backup power systems sufficient to keep planes and passengers moving. Early Wednesday, airport operators cut off power to Terminal 2 to test how well it could function on backup power.

Supes move closer to putting measure on ballot to give Sheriff's watchdog subpoena power

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved a step closer to putting a measure before voters that would give the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission subpoena power.

Southern California Edison wants to bill ratepayers $600 million for fire prevention changes

Power lines operated by big utilities have sparked some of California's largest fires. Southern California Edison has announced its plan to raise nearly $600 million from ratepayers to make those fires less likely.

DWP bulldozing of wetlands gets it a $5 million penalty

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power got cited by the EPA a couple of years ago for bulldozing eight acres of wetlands the utility owns in Granada Hills. This week, DWP agreed to pay penalties of more than $5 million.

Law could bar insurers from cancelling policies on surviving homes in fire disaster areas

Even if your home made it intact through a big wildfire, your insurance company could still cancel your coverage. The state legislature has now passed Senate Bill 824, by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park) that could ease the insurance hunt for those whose homes survived.

Need attic insulation? LADWP is giving $100 million in rebates.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is offering $100 million in rebates to owners who add or augment attic insulation.  Insulation helps reduce the loss of winter heat and summer cooling through the roof, and it helps save on electricity and gas use.

Sherman Oaks residents brace for possible new Burbank flight noise

Twenty-one Southern California airports now use more precise satellite-guided flight paths under a new FAA program that was completed this year.  But newly proposed updates to two routes out of Burbank are raising concerns in Sherman Oaks.

Everything you never wanted to know about pee in the public pool

We aren't trying to gross you out, but...

A Caltech professor has created an algorithm for drones to herd birds away from airports

In just the last four years, birds have hit aircraft at LAX more than 500 times. One bird caused $1.5 million dollars in damage when it hit a 747 two years ago.

The truth about peeing in public pools

The time may have passed when certain bodily functions were off limits in polite conversation. After all, social media's "poop" emoji got a prominent role in a recent kids' film.